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Ford pays tribute to fallen police officers 

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Justice

Justice Minister David Ford has attended a service held in memory of police officers who have died in the line of duty.

The National Police Memorial Day service in St David’s Hall in Cardiff is an annual event to recognise the courage and dedication to duty shown by police officers across the United Kingdom and to show family and friends that their loved ones sacrifice is not forgotten. 

The Minister paid particular tribute to PSNI officer Philippa Reynolds who died tragically while on duty in Londonderry in February.

David Ford said: “Today’s service is an opportunity to join with police family, friends and colleagues in remembering all those officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

“My thoughts and prayers are with all those in the policing family who have lost a loved one throughout the years. Most recently, we remember Philippa Reynolds who died in February in a dreadful accident whilst on duty in Londonderry. Her bright and vibrant personality was obvious to see from the lovely images her family released at the time of her passing. 

“I want to pay tribute to her, and all her fallen colleagues, in the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Royal Ulster Constabulary, for their dedication and professionalism. We also remember officers from police services we work closely with on a daily basis, particularly Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, who was murdered in County Louth in January.

“I have been honoured to attend this very moving and fitting service since taking up the post of Justice Minister. It is a time to reflect on their sacrifice and on the contribution they have made to the community they served.”

Note to editors:

1. The National Police Memorial Day service is now an annual event on the policing calendar.

2. The purpose of the service is to remember all police officers who have been killed or have died whilst on duty throughout the United Kingdom.

3. The service is held on the nearest Sunday to 29 September, which is St. Michael’s Day, the patron saint of police officers.

4. The service rotates around the countries of the United Kingdom and will be held in Northern Ireland in 2014.

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